Tuesday, August 21, 2012
McMahan finished with 65 percent of the vote, compared to Womack's 35 percent.
Jim McMahan defeated district 4 incumbent Paul Womack on Tuesday night in the DeKalb school board runoff. With all 26 precincts reporting, McMahan defeated Womack 65 percent to 35 percent. During the campaign, McMahan sent Patch a clear message about where he stood, saying: "For the fourth year in a row the school system has spent more money than the school board approved. If you feel like the school system is on the right track for academic success, vote for the incumbent. If you want your board member to get your school a cell tower, then vote for the incumbent. But, if you want the school system to focus on the students first, vote for Jim McMahan!" Womack, the District 4 incumbent, told Patch: "I've spoken to a great many people and …
Candidates talk about Tuesday's runoff election.
Tucker voters are faced with two DeKalb school board runoff elections on Tuesday. DeKalb District 4 school board incumbent Paul Womack faces challenger Jim McMahan, while Melvin Johnson and Denise McGill square off in a District 6 runoff. District 4 includes much of Tucker, while District 6 is primarily the Stone Mountain area, as well as some portions of Tucker. McMahan sent Tucker Patch a clear message about where he stands, saying: "For the fourth year in a row the school system has spent more money than the school board approved. If you feel like the school system is on the right track for academic success, vote for the incumbent. If you want your board member to get your school a cell tower, then vote for the incumbent. But, if you …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Womack received less than 50% in Tuesday's primary.
Three contenders were vying to unseat District 4 incumbent Paul Womack in Tuesday's election for the DeKalb County Board of Education, but it looks like a runoff in three weeks will decide the issue. Womack, who was first elected in 1981, received 6,705 votes and 46.60% percent, compared to his closest challenger Jim McMahan, who received 4,019 votes. All 189 precincts have reported, and early, in-person votes have also been counted. The Board of Elections has started the process of counting more than 5,000 absentee-by-mail ballots. Speaking to Patch after the results came in, Womack said, "Well, there's going to be a runoff. On the whole, people sort of voted for 'out with the old, in with the new'." He also faced challenges from Tom …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Bar/restaurant on Main Street is the place to be this evening after polls close.
Several DeKalb candidates running in today's election are expected to gather at Tucker's Local No. 7 Restaurant this evening as results come in. Jim McMahan and Jim Kinney, both running to unseat District 4 incumbent Paul Womack from the DeKalb Board of Education, have confirmed to Patch they will attend. Womack and another contender, Tom Gilbert, have yet to respond. Also showing up will be Rep. Scott Holcomb, whose district includes Tucker and who is running unopposed. Tucker Patch will be there too, of course, and will be looking for reaction and comments from voters and candidates for immediate publication. See you there.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Last week's forum at Westwood College introduced District 4 candidates, among others.
Westwood College in Northlake played host last week to a forum for candidates who are running for DeKalb County's Board of Education in the July 31 election. The accompanying video shows candidates for District 4, which includes Tucker. They are Tom Gilbert, Jim Kinney, Jim McMahan and the incumbent, Paul Womack. The event was sponsored by the DeKalb Chamber, Leadership DeKalb, eduKALB, PRISM, Junior League, and Greater Lithonia Chamber. Which candidate do you prefer? Are any of them addressing the real issues? Tell us in the comments below-